Building a Chicken House – 5 Important Design Aspects

Proper Ventilation

When building a chicken house it is imperative that you must take into consideration proper ventilation of the coop because chickens need to be cooled down during the intensity of noon-time heat. Free flowing inflow of air within the building can tremendously help keep the temperature from rising; thereby making the chickens fully comfortable.

Good Drainage

Chickens must be dry most of the time; and you must avoid getting them wet. For this reason, the coop must have well designed drainage system that fully flushes the water out of the building; theby ensuring that the poultry is not wet since the moment that they are wet they are also highly susceptible to various health issues and diseases which could affect the entire poultry.

Proper Lighting

Lighting is essential in keeping the chickens warm during night time when the environment is cold; as well as during winter time and cold season. Bear in mind that chickens are not only sensitive to extremely hot condition but also to cold environment; and one way of keeping the room temperature from going down much more is to provide proper lighting.


Cleaning and maintenance is important since this can greatly affect the poultry; in terms of health.
So, you must also give provision for cleaning; ensuring that it is very easy to clean.


Of course, when building a chicken house it is also ideal to make your coop look good within your property or farm. Here, it may be optional but it is also highly recommended to have some creativity in making its design and appearance very pleasing to the eyes of the viewers.

Therefore, when building a chicken house always keep in mind the aforesaid design factors because they can greatly affect the success of your business; failure to consider some of the vital aspects of the design can tremendously make a lot of differences on the overall condition of the poultry and your business.

Where and How to Get Cash For iPhones

With many of us upgrading or replacing our mobile technology nowdays it is a great benefit to be able to receive cash for our old, used or broken iPhones – and the services that offer cash for iPhones has become a larger field than ever before. This means that before we go rushing off to get cash for our iPhone, in any condition it is advisable to be sure that we will be receiving the best service and the best cash payment available. With this in mind the following guidelines will help you identify what websites are offering a good service and which are offering a great service when it comes to receiving cash for old iPhones.

When you are looking to get cash for an iPhone there are several factors to consider beyond the amount of cash you can get paid for your iPhone. Firstly, you want to select a site that is trustworthy and professional in the service they provide. This can be verified in several ways such as previous client testimonials or the display of associations such as VeriSign upon the site. Being offered a great cash payment for your old, used or broken iPhone only really counts if it comes from a trustworthy source, so this factor is as vital as seeking the highest payment available.

Another factor to consider is the timeframe for the transaction of cashing in your iPhone. Some companies again may offer great payments, but these are no good if they are delayed by several weeks. Opting for a site that releases your cash on the day of receiving your iPhone is always a good option, and utilizing the service of a company that offer electronic payments in the form of PayPal is a great option. Remembering these three main factors will unduly set you in good stead for a great deal when you cash in your old iPhone. Trust, Speed ​​and ultimately the final payout are the three key elements, then there are other personal preferences for you to select from also.

Taking a moment to find a site that offers the above as well as a professional, yet friendly service, an easy to navigate website and a super customer service team that will endeavor to answer any and all of your questions before and after the deal will also add to the experience of you turning an old iPhone into cash. The internet has exploded with sites offering cash for your old electronics trades, but hunting through these to find the market leaders can provide you with a host of additional benefits.

Building SEO

I'm fairly new to blogging, I started at the end of October 2010 I believe. I started because because I wanted to promote the things I make but it has turned into something more than that, I find I really enjoy blogging. As a began this journey I started doing research on how best to promote and market. I have a bachelor's degree in marketing but I honestly do not know much about online marketing as I went to school 20 years ago. I keep reading about SEO, Search Engine Optimization. I had a general idea what it meant but I've been pretty foggy about the whole thing. I went to a sales and marketing conference yesterday and the meaning of SEO became clear to me so I thought I would share what I would find out in terms that would help people like me, who are not necessarily as intern savvy as a lot of people .

SEO is basically getting your name or your business's name on to the first page of search results when you do a search on Google and other search engines. The way you go about doing that is getting your name out as much as possible. For example, you have a blog or Etsy shop and you want people to find it when they search for your name or product, the way it will come up on the search engine is related to how much it is out on the internet. That's why you want to have a Facebook page, that gets your name out there, then when someone likes you it goes on their Facebook page, each time you SEO goes up a little bit. When you are on Twitter if people re-tweet your tweets or mention you, your SEO goes up a little. It's almost like building a pyramid. Something else I just read about is Google is now looking at how many links you get. So you will want to create content that people will want to link on their blogs or Facebook pages to raise your SEO. It does not happen immediately, I've noticed it takes around a month for Google to start finding you so do not give up if you do not see immediate results. I hope that helps, it helped me figure out how I want to get my name out there more and how I want to do that now that it's a little clearer for me.

Would You Ever Cross-Shop A Tesla Model 3 With A 2018 Honda Accord?

Let’s say you had $30,000 or so for a mid-size family car and unlike many folks these days who have eyes only for SUVs, you wanted a sedan. Would your shopping list include Honda’s new 2018 Accord (read our first drive here) and Tesla’s Model 3?

Suffice to say, these two vehicles share nothing in common when it comes to powertrains, but some people seem to think they’re surprisingly, though perhaps irrelevantly, similar in other aspects.

Thanks to HondaPartsOnline, we can see how a 2018 Accord EX-L compares to a base spec Tesla Model 3, with the wheelbase, cargo capacity, curb weight and performance figures being fairly compatible.

“Based on how closely these two cars align in terms of specs, I’d be shocked if Tesla didn’t benchmark the Accord when they developed the Model 3,” says HondaPartsOnline director, Angel Vigil. “The conventional wisdom is that Tesla positioned the Model 3 to go after the mid-size luxury segment, but I think that’s incorrect. To me, the Model 3 looks like Tesla’s version of the Accord.”

While it’s true that the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol unit in the Accord gives it a 0-60mph (96km/h) time that’s within a tenth of a second of what the base spec, all-electric Model 3 can do, just because something is comparable on paper, doesn’t mean it’s cut from the same cloth when it comes to real world applications. In other words, don’t expect a 2018 Accord to actually drive like a Tesla.

Still, if for some reason you’re rooting for the good old combustion engine, you’ll probably be glad to know that the 2018 Accord has other tricks/arguments up its sleeve. For instance, it features HondaSensing, which means it gets traffic sign recognition, collision avoidance and automatic braking systems, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. In base spec, the Model 3 offers just collision avoidance and automatic braking, while other safety features require a $5,000 upgrade.

“Tesla has said they want the Model 3 to be a mass market car. If you were going to build a mid-size car for the masses, wouldn’t you have to start by benchmarking the Accord?” added Vigil, who’s also in favor of considering things like resale value or reliability when it comes to doing model comparisons. To be fair to Tesla, there’s no data for the Model 3.

Fears for iPhone 8 & X numbers, cheaper 2018 iPhones, KRACK fix & more


Much of this week’s news revolved around the iPhone 8 and X —in particular, fears that the 8 isn’t selling as well as hoped, and that production won’t meet demand for the X. Some potentially good news, though, was a rumor that next year’s iPhones will be somewhat cheaper.

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Everything you need to know:

  • Apple may be slashing iPhone 8 production in half > >
  • Foxconn’s first shipment of the iPhone X may have consisted of just 46,500 units > >
  • iPhone X production could improve in November, but the company might only have 2 to 3 million phones ready at launch > >
  • Next year’s iPhones could be less expensive > >
  • For now, Apple is still on the hook for $439.7M to VirnetX > >
  • Upcoming Apple software releases will fix a serious WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability > >
  • Apple and GE teamed up in a major enterprise partnership > >

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A roundup of all of our hottest stories this week:

Rumor claims Apple cutting iPhone 8 production orders in half

First shipment of Apple’s iPhone X limited to just 46,500 units

Apple to stockpile 2-3M iPhone X units prior to launch, component shortage eases in November

Rumor: Apple supply chain looking to cut iPhone X costs in 2018, reducing consumer prices

Apple on the hook for $439.7 million to VirnetX over FaceTime should appeals, patent invalidation fail

Apple confirms KRACK Wi-Fi WPA-2 attack vector patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas

Apple, Predix team up for industrial gear control and monitoring, GE will standardize on iPhone and iPad

First look: Logi Circle 2 security camera with Apple HomeKit

Apple investigated purchase of medical clinic start-up, signals larger push into healthcare

Supply chain claims Apple’s iPhone X part bottleneck woes will be resolved before Christmas

Apple adds several US airports to Apple Maps including Chicago’s O’Hare

New video rumored to show close-up of Apple car’s updated ‘Project Titan’ testbed

Apple Pay may be coming to Poland and the Netherlands later this year

LTE Series 3 Apple Watch cut off from networks in China, government concerns likely to blame

Opposition to Apple’s Irish data center stages last-ditch appeal, hearing scheduled next week

Apple teases opening of Chicago’s Michigan Avenue store, prepares ‘Chicago Series’ events

Tim Cook email claims Mac mini ‘important part’ of Apple’s product matrix

CEO of Canada’s Rogers sees ‘anemic’ demand for Apple’s iPhone 8

Apple sued over ‘Animoji’ trademark, allegedly tried to buy IP rights prior to iPhone X debut

Senators demand Tim Cook explain VPN app removal in China, suggest Apple enables censorship

Key Apple & Foxconn executives to meet amid iPhone X production woes

Stratford gearing up for connected car world

Stratford partnered with the University of Waterloo for a digital media campus in the city. It opened in 2011 with 24 students. The current enrolment of 600 is expected to increase to 800 by 2019.

The technology developed by Miovision and Escrypt will allow the city to track vehicles moving through and around the 24 intersections with traffic lights.

Escrypt software in the vehicles and the traffic signals will continuously send out messages, at a rate of five per second. From the cars, the messages will be about speed, acceleration, steering angle, brake status and location, said Jason Smith, director of product development at Escrypt, a Waterloo firm specializing in embedded security.

From the traffic lights, the technology will tell vehicles the phase, timing and status of the signals, said Smith.

Escrypt consulted with the U.S. Department of Transportation on developing the standard for how smart vehicles will communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure. As a result, a connected vehicle can get information from other cars around it and the roadside sensors.

“So it can start to make much smarter decisions on how to react,” said Smith.

Stratford is also spending $50,000 to install sensors in the asphalt of parking spots to make it easier for visitors to find parking.

“For people using it, all they will know is they can look at a phone and see how many spaces are vacant in each lot and where they are,” said Mathieson.

The data collected from parking spots and traffic lights could lead to new revenue streams for the city, better traffic management and other service improvements, it says.

“There’s lots of stuff to come from it, you don’t know what it’s going to be,” said Mathieson.

As automakers put more and more connected technology into vehicles, the Wi-Fi infrastructure along provincial highways and city streets lags far behind. Stratford is the demonstration hub for this technology.

There are lots of questions about who will pay for the installation and maintenance of sensors along the roadways. Will it be federal, provincial or municipal taxpayers? Carmakers and auto parts manufacturers want access to the Wi-Fi networks for their connected vehicles, but there are no business cases for the networks yet.

“We are going to have to find ways to use this new infrastructure, how have to revenue streams out of it,” said Mathieson.

“Who owns the data? What do we do with it?” he said. “That’s why being a demonstration hub is exciting. We are hoping to help establish best practices for the province.”

The Ontario government designated Stratford as the demonstration hub for autonomous vehicles in the last provincial budget. It is receiving $5 million from the province to help it pay for the smart intersection technology. The money is part of the $80 million the province earmarked for autonomous vehicle research during the next five years.

Recently, the city officially opened a four-acre test track for connected and driverless vehicles. It was built by the Japanese company Renesas Electronics Corp., the world’s largest maker of microchips for autonomous vehicles. The University of Waterloo is also a partner.

The chipmaker wants to have an autonomous vehicle ready for the next Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early 2018. It will be branded with the City of Stratford on one side, and Invest Stratford on the other.

“We are excited to have Stratford identified as one of the city’s that evolved this technology,” said Mathieson.

Stratford tried offering free Wi-Fi on its municipal buses, but that was a bust. Students packed the buses every morning and every afternoon, all of them trying to get on the Wi-Fi at the same time. They got off the buses complaining about the lack of service and that they couldn’t stream videos.

“That didn’t work for us,” said Mathieson. “If we are going to do a connected bus, we should worry about GPS scheduling and tracking, diagnostics, traffic management, and allow somebody else to bridge that gap about how much bandwidth you need of a 48-foot bus.”

Stratford started down this road in 2009 when the municipal hydro utility installed smart meters. The utility installed a cellular chip in each meter, blanketing the city in a municipally owned Wi-Fi network. The utility also installed high capacity fibre optic cables years ago. There is free Wi-Fi throughout the downtown, and in city-owned facilities.

That fibre-optic network is the main reason the Royal Bank located a 400,000-square-foot data centre in Stratford, said Mathieson. The Wi-Fi and high-capacity fibre also make it easy to attract doctors, he said.

“Every one of the family health teams is on the Wi-Fi and the secure fibre network, and they are able to have a quality of life they are not able to get in other small towns,” said Mathieson. , Twitter: @PenderRecord

Pokemon to say goodbye to Nintendo 3DS

The twin release of Pokemon Ultra Moon and Pokemon Ultra Sun in Nov. 2017 will be the core franchise’s last appearance on Nintendo 3DS, paving the way for a shift in focus to other formats.

Though inextricably linked to Nintendo, the mainline Pokemon games are in fact developed elsewhere, at Tokyo-headquartered studio Game Freak.

For over two decades, Game Freak has overseen some 26 entries to the franchise, from its 1996 beginnings with “Pokemon Red,” “Pokemon Green” and “Pokemon Blue,” to 2016’s “Pokemon Sun” and “Pokemon Moon.”

But this year’s remastering and reimagining of “Sun and Moon,” known as “Pokémon Ultra Sun” and “Pokémon Ultra Moon,” will together become the last of eight Pokémon role-playing adventures released on the portable Nintendo 3DS console.

Released in 2011 and treated to five subsequent refreshes over the intervening years, the 3DS has sold upwards of 67 million units in the six years since.

That’s actually not too impressive for a Nintendo system — its clamshell predecessor, the 2004 DS, shifted 154 million units, surpassing the Game Boy and Game Boy Color’s combined 118m as well as the Game Boy Advance’s 80 million-plus.

But during a time when the Wii U dramatically failed to live up to the Wii’s 100 million home console performance, the 3DS’s fortunes kept Nintendo buoyant.

Even with the new Nintendo Switch console on the market, and conceptually superseding the 3DS with its ability to be played on the go or plugged into a larger screen, the six-year-old flip-top has not been retired.

At least, not officially, but the signs are that Game Freak is preparing to bet on the Switch’s continued success after the November 17 release of “Pokémon Ultra Moon” and “Pokémon Ultra Sun.”

After “trying to push the 3DS system to its absolute limits” with “Pokemon X and Y” and then “Pokemon Sun and Moon,” Game Freak’s director Sigeru Ohmori told IGN that “we’re now feeling that perhaps [“Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon”] is the maximum of what we can get out.”

“We’re really treating Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon as the culmination of our work with the 3DS system.”

Game director Kazumasa Iwao elaborated on “Ultra Sun and Moon,” explaining that the development team was around half the size of that for the previous pair of games.

So what have the rest of the studio been working on?

Game Freak wouldn’t say, though rumors about a Switch edition of “Sun and Moon,” referred to as “Pokemon Stars,” have been swirling since Nov. 2016.

And in July 2017, Nintendo itself earmarked a “2018 or later” release for a “Pokémon” RPG on Switch.

Better Buy: NVIDIA Corporation vs. Texas Instruments | Business Markets and Stocks News

It’s true that both Texas Instruments (NASDAQ: TXN) and NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA) work in the semiconductor industry. The two companies design computer chips, and each is a household name in its chosen focus markets.

The similarities stop right there. NVIDIA has very little in common with TI, and investors need to think about these companies as two fundamentally different investments. Which one would be the better fit for your portfolio? Let’s find out.

The story so far

In the red corner, you’ll find Texas Instruments. What started out as an oil company in 1930 evolved into a semiconductor designer in the 1970s. TI runs a hybrid manufacturing model with a mix of in-house production lines and third-party foundries. The product portfolio focuses on analog and embedded processors, helping computers interact with their physical environment, and with humans in particular.

In the green corner, there’s NVIDIA. Founded in 1993 and launching its first product two years later, the company originally focused on the then-emerging market for computer graphics processors. NVIDIA is still in the graphics game, but its processors are also finding new homes in heavy-duty computing tasks such as artificial intelligence, deep learning, cryptocurrency mining, and automotive computing. This company never built any factories of its own, but depends exclusively on foundries for its chip manufacturing needs.

If NVIDIA makes the main processor for your next car’s infotainment and control systems, TI will provide the sensors and power management chips that help the whole system function. So they explore the same markets every so often, but from very different angles.

By the numbers




Revenues (TTM)

$8.3 billion

$14.2 billion

Gross margin (TTM)



GAAP net income (TTM)

$2.3 billion

$4.2 billion

Free cash flows (TTM)

$1.9 billion

$4.0 billion

Year-over-year revenue growth (most recent quarter)



Data source: Morningstar. TTM = Trailing 12 months.

Stability and growth

The table above looked very different just a couple of years ago. In 2016, NVIDIA launched its Pascal chip architecture to wide acclaim. All at once, that platform sparked a massive surge in revenues, profits, and share price gains. The GeForce 10 series of graphics processors can be found in cryptocurrency mining rigs and video gaming systems around the world, while the Tesla lineup of Pascal-based enterprise chips has made inroads into the data center. TI’s growth has been more stable and less dramatic over the same period. See these hockey-stick charts for further detail:


Investors have come to expect massive growth out of NVIDIA’s financial reports. Shares are trading at 66 times free cash flows and 56 times trailing earnings today; both of these ratios have tripled or more in the last three years.

TI is much farther removed from the market’s nosebleed section, as shares trade for 23 times trailing earnings and 24 times free cash flows.

Both companies have a tendency to meet or beat Wall Street’s earnings and revenue targets, quarter by quarter. NVIDIA’s upside surprises are often larger than TI’s, triggering bigger share price jumps along the way.

Image source: Texas Instruments.

The bottom line

NVIDIA could work for you, as long as you’re willing to accept a large amount of market risk. The stock is trading at sky-high valuations, and a small speed bump along the way could easily trigger a large correction. The company can beat the Street across the board and still see share prices sliding 7% lower on the news. NVIDIA also needs to stay ahead of expectations with a steady stream of winning products and innovations. Anything less is a ticket right back to bargain-basement valuation multiples.

If NVIDIA lives and dies by a handful of crown-jewel products, TI ships thousands of different chips to more than 100,000 customers. The company serves six end-user markets, further divided into 35 smaller subsectors. This diversity protects TI and its investors from sudden market shifts. Furthermore, TI is a mature enough business to offer a strong dividend policy. Backed by prodigious and stable cash flows, TI’s dividend has seen annual increases without interruption since 2004. Payouts have increased more than sixfold over the last decade, including Friday’s 24% bump.

I’ll take TI’s unmatched stability and generous dividend yields over NVIDIA’s unpredictable future and spine-chilling valuation, thanks.

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Apple Enjoy GPS functionality focus on of most current Uniloc patent lawsuit

After a quick hiatus, patent troll Uniloc is back again and on the lookout to milk Apple for claimed damages and costs connected to allegedly infringed patents, this time involving Apple Enjoy GPS functionality.

Submitted in the patent holder pleasant U.S. District Courtroom for the Jap District of Texas, Uniloc’s most current lawsuit alleges Apple is in infringement of an training monitoring technique patent invented by Paragon Solutions.

Invented by Jack Stubbs, who served as president of Paragon from 2000 to 2014, U.S. Patent No. 6,736,759 for an “Workout monitoring technique and techniques” was very first filed for in 1999 and finally granted in 2004. The IP describes a fundamental overall health monitoring solution involving a physiological watch with GPS site abilities and different wearable show.

Like most current Uniloc filings, modern criticism includes IP that improved fingers inside the past several months. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Workplace, the initial Paragon patent was in July reassigned to a company termed Pink Dragon Improvements, which transferred the residence to Uniloc in August. Uniloc’s assignment for Stubbs’ patent application and grant was recorded on Oct. 2.

In its suit against Apple, Uniloc asserts the firm’s Apple Enjoy infringes numerous claims of the ‘759 patent, specifically individuals relating to geolocation abilities.

The initial Apple Enjoy relied on a paired iPhone’s GPS receiver to pinpoint person site. With Apple Enjoy Collection 2, GPS abilities were introduced onboard to electrical power Iphone-no cost distance and tempo monitoring features. Apple’s most current Apple Enjoy Collection 3 features an LTE radio, making it possible for for totally untethered site monitoring.

Irrespective of whether the ‘759 patent claims are relevant to Apple Enjoy and its several incarnations is unclear. The IP does depth a technique of accumulating GPS and physiological knowledge, including coronary heart rate facts, via a wearable “acquisition unit” equivalent in scope to Apple’s unit. Even so, the IP deviates by splitting off the show unit as a different module that can be worn on the physique or mounted on training machines.

With Apple Enjoy, the show, GPS radio, coronary heart rate watch and other necessary inside factors are packaged in a solitary wearable chassis.

Present-day criticism is the most current in a withering barrage of Uniloc lawsuits targeting Apple gadgets and technological know-how. The non-practising entity very first filed suit against the Iphone maker in 2016 over four text messaging patents.

Before this yr, Uniloc began a swift fireplace assault, leveling patent infringement satisfies after every two or a few weeks. The very first of these far more current assaults came in April when the patent troll leveraged a few patents against Apple Maps, Apple ID and remote software updates.

A suit in May well used reassigned HP and 3Com IP to focus on AirPlay, autodialing and battery technological know-how, though an motion in June alleged infringement of IP made by inventor Philippe Kahn. A thirty day period afterwards, Apple was accused of infringing on a few patents connected to AirPlay and Continuity features.

Prior to modern criticism, Uniloc most not too long ago filed suit against Apple in August, professing the firm’s Apple Tv Distant application for iOS infringes on a 3Com invention dating back again to 1999.

Uniloc is one of the most energetic patent trolls in the U.S., leveraging reassigned patents or vaguely worded initial IP against a selection of tech companies including Activision Blizzard, Aspyr, Electronic Arts, McAfee, Microsoft, Rackspace, Sega, Sony, Symantec and far more.

As with past problems filed against Apple, Uniloc in modern lawsuit needs a courtroom trial and seeks unspecified damages, reimbursement of legal costs and other aid considered in shape by the courtroom.